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This Campbeltown distillery does get a tad confusing. Springbank, Hazleburn, Kilkerran are all made there. But then there's Glengyle - I know it's annexed to Springbank but is it actually the same distillery or independent? I can't ever recall seeing bottles released under the Glengyle name.
No matter - this is a straight up 15yo Springbank which starts with a massive dollop of salt on the nose - mouthwatering on its own. Underneath that there is a subtle soft fruitiness, (pears, bananas) but not too strong. Very slight sweet fudge and oakiness too. After time, I can even detect a slight seaweed hint. Very complex but everything is very subtle - nothing stands out except the saltiness.
Sweet and sour palate. It starts off soft and sweet but then I got a really nice sharp tang - like a lemon boiled sweet, (acid drops almost). The saltiness is there but nowhere near as much as I expected from the nose. A bit of smokiness too. The mouthfeel is relatively thin. This then gives way to a lasting dry and astringent finish - just the way I like it!
Non-Chill Filtered, no colouring, no fancy finishing and an independent distillery. This is no nonsense natural whisky just the way it should be! (Not that I have anything against different cask finishes but sometimes it's good to appreciate a straight-down-the-line no messing single malt).